Authentic LTR GTX Backpacking Boot
When you're looking for protection and comfort on the trail, while also counting ounces and counting pennies, the Salomon Authentic LTR GTX Backpacking Boot is a solid choice. While it might not be as rugged as the Quest 4D, or as lightweight as the Quest Prime, it still boasts durable leather uppers, a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane, and more than enough grip for technical terrain and lengthy backpacking trips—all at an affordable price that leaves you with plenty of funds for some solid meal planning on your next adventure.
Gore-Tex Extended Comfort ensures that your wool socks stay warm and dry during rainy weather or creek crossings, while still allowing your feet to breath if sunny skies make an appearance. The high traction outsoles were born to conquer scree fields and muddy trails alike, backed by protective heel and toe caps that shed water and defend against bruising encounters with rocks and roots. Salomon slipped a chassis between the sole and midsole to maximize motion control and energy management, while the injected EVA midsole cushions your foot to reduce fatigue on longer treks. All these features come wrapped in an attractive split suede package that looks great and offers a comfortable fit, right out of the box.
- Rugged boots for hiking and backpacking in wet climates
- Gore-Tex membrane offers breathable waterproof protection
- Mesh and leather uppers provide durable performance
- Injected EVA midsole wards off fatigue when trekking
- High traction outsoles tackle rocky, variable terrain
- Protective heel and toe cap defends against rocks and water
- Advanced Chassis delivers an efficient, stable, responsive ride
- Generous shaft height and lacing ensures a secure, supportive fit
- Item #SAL01AI
- Q & A
Best mid hikers I've owned
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 165lbs
These are definitely the most stable and comfortable mid-hikers I've ever owned. Living in TN, most of my hikes are in warmer weather, so I've typically stuck with low cut, vented hiking shoes, but as I've gotten older and rolled my ankle several times (hiking, and soccer), I've decided to switch over to mid-hikers full time for more support. I had a pair of Keen Targhee 2's that I wore a number of times, but they just didn't provide the ankle support I was looking for. I've also had some Merrell Moab mids (which would be my second choice after these), but they tended to rub against my ankles and cause pain on longer hikes (even after breaking them in), although this may have just been a poor fit for the shape of my foot rather than the boots themselves.
These Salomons have been the 'Goldilocks' pair I've been looking for. After breaking them in on a couple of local hikes with easy terrain in middle TN, I took them to the top of Malans Peak in Utah, a 2000 foot climb over 2.5 miles, in 20 degrees and a foot of snow, and these performed beautifully! They kept my feet warm and dry with just a single pair of wool socks, and gripped the snowy incline with no problem (although we did need spikes about halfway up, but that had nothing to do with the boots). A week later, I took them on a 5 mile trail the day after a heavy downpour - while everyone with me was slipping in the mud, I felt sturdy and didn't slip once. Definitely the most stable hikers I've ever owned.
I really can't praise these enough. I have slightly wider than normal feet (meaning I'm okay in most medium fit shoes and only occasionally need to get wides), and feel like the toe box is just fine. My only complaint would be that they run a little narrow through the arch, which cut into my flat feet a bit, but this was easily resolved by putting in slightly thicker (and more cushiony) insoles, which lifted my flat feet up enough to avoid the arch.
I haven't tested them in hot weather yet, and I imagine they could run a little hot, but if you're looking for a stable mid-hiker for wetter or cooler weather, I highly recommend!
boot tongue was weird
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
boots look great, light weight, felt sturdy out on the trail although the toe box seemed a bit narrow for my foot, I had to loosen the lacing to get it comfortable, would not recommend if you have bunions, which I have, also the tongue would not stay in place, against my ankle, no matter how I tied it, it would flop open and therefore collect all manner of debris that would find it's way down into the boot, I have no solution for that one.